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Gilt Bronze "Cobra" Desk Set


This three piece set made of gilt bronze from the Art Nouveau period is cast in the alluring forms of cobras, frozen in the midst of their mesmerizing dances. Comprised of a glass-lined inkwell, a letter opener, and a pen tray, the desk set features a host of masterfully-cast flaring cobras weaving their way upward from natural forms of stylized leaves and stalks. Sold exclusively as a matching set.

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Item #: B-20019
Artist: Foundry in Quercy
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 11.25" length (letter opener); 3.5" height, 4" length, 3" width (pen tray); 4" height, 6.5" width, 5" length (inkwell)
Materials: Gilt bronze, Glass
Signed: “Quercy”

The king cobra is the national reptile of India, and an important symbolical figure in that country, as well as Sri Lanka, Southern China, and Myanmar. The inclusion of symbology from this region in the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts eras is the result of increased imperial activity from Western European countries, such and England and France, during the period.